Bolton Council’s Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme helps people in short-term crisis with food and essential items. Applications are discretionary and there to help meet one-off needs rather than on-going expenses but may be able to help in an emergency.
The scheme is available to help with things like food, fuel and essential furniture and white goods when there is no other way of paying for them.
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Hoot Credit Union has been working in Bolton for 30 years, offering affordable loans and savings solutions which help the local community.
They provide affordable loans ranging from £200 to £15,000 and members only pay interest on the reducing balance - meaning interest is only charged on how much there is left to pay, not on how much was borrowed in the first place. There are also no fees for paying a loan back early.
For more information click here.
An interactive map highlighting food banks and community pantries has been produced by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and can be accessed here.
Click on your location to see who can help in your area.
If you’re on certain benefits and are pregnant or have a child under four, you’re eligible for a Healthy Start card.
Receive £8.50 a week for children aged 0 to 1 and £4.25 a week for those aged 1 to 4. The card can be spent in some UK stores on fruit, vegetables, formula, and milk, and you also qualify for free vitamins. Cards are topped up every four weeks.
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The government has brought together information about the various support available to help with the rising cost of living.
It includes information about income support; energy bills; household support; childcare costs; transport costs and discounts and savings.
Click here for details.